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Darkening stormclouds over the White House

Darkening stormclouds over the White House

On Tuesday, he vowed to get the memos ex-FBI Director James Comey reportedly wrote about his meeting with Trump in which the president allegedly asked him to shut down the FBI investigation into ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

And House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz announced he was inviting Comey to testify before his committee next Wednesday, though the committee has yet to make contact with the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

"I was in the Nixon administration, as you know, and I thought after watching the Clinton impeachment I'd never see another one", Gergen told host Anderson Cooper.

We may be hearing publicly from recently fired FBI Director James Comey sooner rather than later.

Even without the backdrop of a domestic crisis, "we usually found that by day four, the principal was pretty unhappy, you were unhappy, and the prospect for additional slip-ups or miscommunications was getting greater by the day", Smith said.

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Cummings said Mueller was a "solid choice" and urged Mueller "to follow the facts wherever they may lead, with integrity and independence".

The fact that the president apparently said he "hoped" Comey would end the Flynn investigation rather than more directly ordering it "makes for a weaker but still viable case", said Christopher Slobogin, a criminal law professor at Vanderbilt University Law School.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Trump had not passed on any secrets to Lavrov. And in April, the committee's scrutiny of Flynn's contacts with government agencies about those payments prompted an inquiry by the Pentagon's inspector general.

Israeli officials have declined to confirm whether they were the source of the information Trump shared, but have been quick to say counterterrorism coordination with the U.S.is strong. Chaffetz has said he will not run for re-election and there is uncertainty whether he will finish his term, leading to questions about how effective he will remain as chairman. At best, President Trump has committed a grave abuse of executive power. "Why is he not doing the same here?" he asked. But you can't bring a criminal investigation against a sitting United States president under American law and instead you have to proceed by impeachment. "Instead, he appears to have minimized any oversight whatsoever", Cummings said.

The vice president and two spokesmen for the White House said Comey was removed from office on recommendations from Justice Department leaders, who were unhappy with his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation in 2016.

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Trump blasted that decision, echoing his Thursday morning tweets and comments he made over lunch with network news anchors that the Russian Federation investigation is a "witch hunt" that "divides the country".

"There's clearly a lot of politics being played", Ryan said.

But such statements, like the handful of House GOP calls for impeachment, represent hairline cracks in Republican party unity rather than any apparent breach that would be required to start proceedings to remove Trump from office. The letter to acting FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe gave the FBI one week to produce the records.

It is noteworthy that he never complained about Trump until he was sacked.

"The appointment of former FBI director and respected lawyer Robert Mueller as special counsel for the Russian Federation investigation is a positive development and will provide some certainty for the American people that the investigation will proceed fairly and free of political influence", Senator Richard Burr said and Mark Warner, chairman and ranking member of Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said. The committee's top Republicans and Democrats asked for all memos created by Comey related to his interactions with not only Trump, but also past presidents and Justice department officials. Key administration and congressional leaders met Wednesday afternoon to disc us s a path forward.

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John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said late Tuesday that the developments had reached "Watergate size and scale". "But we need much more than that".


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